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YouTube gets new short film series from CSI creator

YouTube gets new short film series from CSI creator

One would think that the man who was responsible for one of the greatest serial dramas in modern television could pretty much take on any project he wants. Yet the platform that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation creator Anthony Zuiker has chosen is YouTube, because of its low friction and creative freedom, two factors that anyone who works in the entertainment space can most certainly appreciate.

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LulzSec Reborn grabs and leaked 10,000 Twitter accounts

LulzSec Reborn grabs and leaked 10,000 Twitter accounts

If you needed another reason to be cautious about providing log-in credentials from your most personal and sacred accounts into an unconfirmed third-party app, here's one. An app called TweetGif, which allowed users to share animated .gif images but only if they provided their Twitter username and password, has been revealed to be nothing more than a phishing scheme.

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Facebook offers carrier billing for Credits

Facebook offers carrier billing for Credits

When it comes to Facebook's social commerce platform, the site has managed to create an amazing system of monetization. People are buying premium items in games, paying for bonus features, and spending money to increase the amount of time they can spend in the game. In other words, Facebook Credits is bringing in huge amounts of money for the social networking site, but it wants to go further.

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Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

If there was ever a testament to how even the most hardcore gaming enthusiasts are in jeopardy of being overtaken by the uprise in the casual, social fare that the industry is beginning to see, it would be this story. A man with a seemingly top-of-the-line job in the video game industry for one of the biggest hardcore franchises has just left that job to work for Zynga.

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Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

If you're the kind of person that lines the pockets of Zynga by spending a lot of money in so-called "free" online social games? Specifically, Zynga's most popular game Farmville? If so, then this is a rewards program tailored specifically for you. If not, then this is a rewards program tailored to make you start thinking about spending more money on your virtual farm. And in all cases, this is a rewards program to help teach you about American Express's Serve platform.

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Facebook close to final IPO price

Facebook close to final IPO price

It was believed that Facebook was adding more shares to its IPO, set to begin trading tomorrow, but as it turns out those extra shares came from early investors looking to grab some cash. Now it looks like the final IPO price is being narrowed down, with shares expected to fall in the region of $34-38, up from $28-25. The final IPO share prices would put Facebook’s value close to $104 billion.

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JibJab sues White Castle over viral campaign

JibJab sues White Castle over viral campaign

If you're going to kick off a viral marketing campaign and plan on using a popular viral platform as the cornerstone of that campaign, you better actually have that platform's permission. Otherwise, you're going to have a problem. So why White Castle would use "JibJab" in its advertising message on Facebook and Twitter without ever partnering with JibJab is a true mystery.

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Facebook has trust issues

Facebook has trust issues

Facebook may be poised to offer its initial shares to the public following strong demand, propelling them up to a $100 billion valuation, but the company faces other challenges ahead. One of the obstacles the social networking company might come up against is monetization troubles and public distrust. A new study has shown that 57% of Facebook users would never click on ads or sponsored content.

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American Express brings social offers to mobile

American Express brings social offers to mobile

If you've been following the advancements in near field communication (NFC) technology and mobile payments, you know that one of the biggest selling points for using your phone to pay for your merchandise instead of a good ol' credit card is that services like Google Wallet and Isis promise to offer special deals. If you tap your phone at the register, you might save, for example, 10% off your purchase.

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Groupon loyalty reward program launches

Groupon loyalty reward program launches

After running through a pilot program in various test cities throughout the country, Groupon has decided to make its Groupon Rewards program available on a national level. The new platform allows merchants to offer an easily managed customer loyalty program and getting face time on Groupon without giving away the farm. It is basically an online replacement for those traditional "punch cards" that give you a free haircut after 10 visits or whatever the place of business happens to be.

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